LG claims there has been no Nexus 4 supply issue, and denies new Nexus coming

LG claims there has been no Nexus 4 supply issue, and denies new Nexus coming
You may not believe this if you've been one of the people constantly checking the Google Play Store since November, but LG would like you to believe that there actually hasn't been any supply issue with the Nexus 4. Additionally, LG has said that the rumors about the company working on a new Nexus device are "unfounded".

We know that we literally just reported on the rumor of LG shifting production from the Nexus 4 to a new Nexus device, but that's the trouble with news: it just keeps happening. 

The statements on both issues come from an unnamed LG official speaking to the Chosun Ilbo. In addition to saying that there were no problems with the Nexus 4 production, the official also said that production was going on as planned. This sets up something of a "he said/she said", because Google said that Nexus 4 supply from LG was "scarce and erratic". If we are to believe Google, then the LG official is lying. And, if we are to believe LG, then that brings up the question of whether Google's "plan" broken, because even companies that actively drive demand through low production (ie Nintendo) wouldn't have production numbers as low as the Nexus 4. 

The denial of the next gen Nexus device is really just boilerplate stuff that really doesn't mean much one way or the other. Even if the rumor is true, LG won't admit to it before Google announces the device, so it's not surprising to see the official saying the rumors were "unfounded". Of course, if you're inclined to believe that there will be a new Nexus device, we would point out that there is a difference between "unfounded" and "untrue". 

source: Chosun Ilbo via The Verge

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

that was fast LOL

5. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

It's easy to understand. That's not an issue of LG because purposely it has tried to limit the supply.

20. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

LG I am still looking for a replacement for my broken Nexus4 screen that I broke in December. Do anybody knows where to buy a new lcd screen for my nexus4. The only one I found was listed in ebay for $228 and that is too much. :(

40. anshul0000 unregistered

check on dx.com

21. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This is bound to happen. Google released a Nexi with an OS version of 4.2 when 5 is just some months away.

2. papss unregistered

Wow... Maybe they need to talk about this in private and come with the same story

3. lonestrider

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

No Nexus 4 supply issue. Wow. How many people need to wait for weeks to order? How many can't get it because it's sold out? How many actually can buy the device and how many people want it?

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is actually quite simple - lie often in hopes the lie will be confused for the truth. LG is taking the concept to heart.

34. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

6 weeksnow im waiting on mine. to be fair, they did say 5-6 weeks to ship. But if its taking that long, and you cant actually order it from google, then either there is supply issues from LG or google dont want to sell that many of them for whatever reason.

4. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Just one question...Then why isn't the damn thing in stock...? Really duck you LG...


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

fix this Motorola please

19. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Yes enough of LG i want Moto to step it up and bring in the NXT Nexus ..i just can't wait for Nexus 4 anymore..it''s always unavailable & it sure seems like LG is trying their best to produce less (since Google gave it at an unbelievable price)

7. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Wait how do we know the next Nexus will be made by LG? Did I miss something? And if they are so bad with keeping up the supply why would Google allow LG to make next one?

8. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Ok you can put the kibosh on that story. BTW I love how Nintendo just gets thrown in there when it comes to driving demand via low production. haha! That is right Nintendo we all know you do that.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

can a nintendo wii get thrown into this convo bc this is straight up pointless!

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

LG short shipped themselves to drive sales of their flagship at near twice the cost of the nexus. Huh, go figure their trying to do damage control, Google should never do business again with LG for more then this alone.

11. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Maybe the nexus 4 is about something different? Something where numbers sold dont matter? A bigger picture, we dont know about? What if Google only wants to sell 400,000/500,000 N4 a Quarter? What if its a Experiment? Supply and Demand Test? Patience Test? Pricing Test? Like Google Fiber thats only available in one city? End Rant

27. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Teasing Apple and it served it's purpose

36. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That doesn't really make sense though. Numbers sold weren't the aim with the previous Nexus devices either, but Google was better able to keep those in stock. If it were an experiment/supply & demand test, it should be over by now. Google knows what the demand is, but hasn't changed the supply at all. I'm far more willing to believe that LG simply isn't building enough, because at least that makes sense.

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I think this is just an overblown demand that no one expected. All the previous nexus devices combined probably only equal 2-3 million sales total. Legendary devices.. that almost no one had. The G-Nex was the biggest previous sales success and it was barely a million seller if I remember right and mostly because it was available directly through VZW. The Nexus 4 has been confirmed to sell what.. 750k so far with all the supply constraints? That's probably what they thought it would sell for most of the year. Pretty impressive when you think about the fact that its only ACTUALLY been for sale in the play store for like 20 minutes in 3 months lol. The phone is awesome, and its by far the best deal in phones right now. I just think they didnt think demand would be sky high considering its only for sale on GSM and through the Play Store, alt stores, and "some" Tmobile stores. But, its beyond time to open up another supply line and get cranking.. they've had plenty of time for that. They should have been back in stock or at least have a only a short wait by now for ordering.

12. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

They say that the rumors about the company working on a new Nexus device are unfounded. But they don't say that the rumors are false... ;¬) It's all about semantics...

13. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Pathetic! I ended up buying myself a Lumia 920 instead, after being SOL waiting forever for the Nexus 4 to become available. While Nokia did seem to have some supply related issues as well, it has been no where near as bad as with Google and LG. Unfortunately, the Nexus 4 might as well be vaporeware, and there is no point marketing something that nobody can buy...

14. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Looks like everybody here failed Economics 101. HURR DURR DAMAGE CONTROL HURRR ITS A CONSPIRACY If I were to sell a phone for $300 when I could be selling it for $600, I would be reluctant to supply any, let alone even sell it at all.

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

you guys do know you can buy the nexus 4 off of ebay right? lol .....its probably gonna cost you more money though...

16. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

What's the point then, having to pay extra for a second hand smartphone that doesn't even have LTE? Nexus 4 is basically DEAD.

23. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

ebay sells FACTORY SEALED items too bro.....not just second hand.........also the reason why you are gonna have to pay more here is because it will be...........factory sealed as well as the phone being unlocked. So if you really cant wait and would like a brand new and unlocked phone, check out the link below http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=lg+nexus+4+&_trksid=p5197.c0.m1950

24. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

The reality is that the NEXUS 4 project has failed, due to insufficent supply. It would appear LG has produced less than 400,000 for the Quarter, and that ain't good. I'm not saying the Phone was bad, but if you have to pay extra on ebay, then it's not worth it...

25. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

ummm once again......THE EXTRA, is because IT IS UNLOCKED! as well as FACTORY SEALED.......if it were locked to a carrier and contract it would be around the same price as what google is selling it for.........but it is NOT!.......and honestly i see that this is something that DOESNT pertain to you.......which is why i stated, "for those" of you who DO want the device and cant really wait........ Have a good one sir

30. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Again, no LTE on this phone, so why would people pay as much for a Nexus 4 sold on ebay as a brand new SGIII or Droid DNA? I had been interested, because of the low price advertised on Google's site, but it's just a hoax, because the phone is never in stock! Good day to you as well, sir :o`

39. iParkos

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

I'm not sure that 4G LTE is that important. How many times throughout the day do you need a high speed connection that cannot wait until you're near a Wi-Fi? Heck, I have an LTE phone and Sprint doesn't even have an LTE network in MN. At least they switched to lithium polymer batteries.

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